Thursday, April 17, 2014

And now, a few words...

These are just some "found text" samples that I liked.







Friday, March 28, 2014

I'm my own boss

...sometimes. After so much of my artwork over the years being assigned from various clients, I'm trying to get back to, essentially, giving myself the assignments - so I'll get to be the guy who tells me "I've got a great idea for a cartoon!" It's been too long. Here are a couple of early attempts from recent months. (See "Standoff" below for another, and note the sketch version of "BFFs" below from the "Monster Draw" last year.)



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why have a blog if you can't brag on it, right?

Lots going on, art-wise: The "Demented Detroit" cartoon show at Henry Ford Community College just came down tonight, but you can still see a few of my cartoons in the "Kapow" comics show at Eastern Michigan University, and (if you hurry) four of my drawings as part of the "12 On 12" group show at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn (below).


Metro Times got me to do some illustrations for this week's article urging out-of-towners to be respectful when they come to Detroit for Opening Day at the baseball stadium.


In the same issue, I've got another baseball themed drawing, this one for the latest Optik ad.


And last but not least (well, okay, it's also least) is, uh, this thing, now in the permanent collection of the Specs Howard School marketing department's coffee/storage room, for some reason...


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Haw haw haw!

Been meaning to draw this for a while. I don't know why...


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Thoughts on Detroit

Posting this now because it finally has a home (other than the portfolio in my closet). I swapped it with another local artist for some swell photographs. This was created for a show at 323 Gallery in Royal Oak a few years ago. Artists were asked to express their views on Detroit. So here are (only a very few) of mine. I've got others.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Standoff


Back to the ol' "angels vs. devils" theme. I'm working (in my head...) on a whole rap about why I draw them. Anyway... Wasn't entirely happy with this when I did it, but it's growing on me.

P.S.: Two 4a.m. posts so far this year? Sheesh.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Getting Warm


First drawing of the New Year: my cat Enkidu curled up in front of the bathroom heat register. Appropriate for the current cold snap,  and it bumps the Xmas art from the top of the page! Time to start 2014 after all.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

That's a wrap


One more surprise art gig for me as the year wraps us: I was checking my Facebook a couple weeks ago when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a message from the Metro Times' managing editor asking me to do some illustrations for them, for the first time in I dunno how long. The theme: letters to Santa - fake ones from local celebs and real ones from readers. Here's the cover art for the issue, plus a spot illo for a "letter" from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr (who, among other things, is threatening to sell off artworks from the Detroit Institute of Art to settle the city's debts). Read the MT story and see more illustrations here.


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Monster Hits

Again this year, I participated in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's fundraiser, the "Monster Drawing Rally," in which dozens of local artists each draw for an hour in front of a crowd of visitors, with the resulting art being sold for $40 a pop to support the museum. Apparently this has become a widespread thing, with other museums and galleries around the country holding their own events. Anyway, it's a blast, and I managed to knock out three drawings in my hour this year, including, by request, the return of one of my old mini-comic characters - that bemused, button-down simian, Business Chimp.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Museum (h)ours

Time to take down the show of drawings I've had up at Cafe 1923 here in Hamtramck for the last several weeks. They were all sketches I've done of objects at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and they were on display while the debate raged (still unsettled) over whether the city can sell off some of the museum's collection to pay its debts. Here's a sample of the ones I've managed to photograph or scan, to give a feel of the show. (And thanks to Hatch Hamtramck for the opportunity.)














Thursday, October 17, 2013

I missed 24-Hour Comics Day again...

...but seeing the comic a friend did earlier this month for the annual all-day comic book-making marathon session (invented by Scott "Understanding Comics" McCloud) inspired me to dig up the better of the two I've ever managed to finish, from 2003 (I think, or '04). It came out fairly well I think, and it's pretty coherent considering the "30-foot beer bottle" and "talking uterus" that appear were assigned to me as prompts by an online random generator before starting (possibly the "family of raccoons" was a prompt, too... ?). The ambulance is based on one I saw in NYC earlier that year. The Langley Schools Project version of "Desperado" was in the air a lot around then. (Needless to say, I don't own the rights to that song or "Get Up, Stand Up"...) And there really is a restaurant in the 'burbs here that has a giant beer bottle out front. The typesetting is a little rough here and there, and somehow I never got around to giving the comic a title. But — I did finish 24 pages in 24 hours!